I enjoy taking my kiddos out of school many days throughout the year. For example, we like to take them out of school on Fridays and/or family vacations. These times out of school do NOT involve sitting around playing video/computer games and sitting indoors. Instead, time is spent building family relationships, visiting extended family, going to historic places, and just being a kid running free! Does this make me a bad parent? Should you report me to DCFS? I would say… NO! On the other hand, does this mean that I think teachers are bad? I would say… No! However, I do think our children from grade school and especially into high school are being demanded of way too much of in the wrong area.
I work professionally with teenagers and I notice how much they are hating the learning process by the time they graduate. Sure, its normal not to care too much about school by senior year, but I am seeing something worse. I am seeing kids burnt out and becoming clinically depressed/anxious due to overwhelming pressure placed on grades. I am seeing kids distraught if they don’t have loads of college credits by the time the graduate high school. Why in the world do they need that college credit? After all, they will not be ready to enter the career field if they graduate college early at age 20. Pressure is coming from all angles towards these children. Overworked parents are demanding perfect grades and large course loads. Families seem to be okay with missing family dinner time because the kid has 3 hours of “busy work” homework to do. Kids can work hard… I see them bust their tails all the time. But what I see as the major problem with kids over the past years is they are not getting two major things: 1.not enough time with family 2. not enough time to create.
- Don’t put so much pressure on grades.
- Engage kids in creative activities outside of school
- Spend time as a family with children
- Take family field trips